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metres on the Citation XLS, the closest competitor
in Hawker's eyes.
According to Gulfstream, business-jet customers are
"basically looking for the same capabilities in the air
that they have on the ground".
"That means high-definition video, Internet,
telephone ser vice, fax and Blu-ray players. They
also want to arrive at their destination relaxed
and refreshed, so the cabin environment, such as
acoustics, lighting and cabin levels and pressurisation,
is important to them," the company said.
Esling concurred, saying that when it comes to
entertainment, people "expect what they have on the
ground". He added that while the range of options
for a business jet is vast, Cessna is seeing consistent
demand is for the basics, done well.
Cessna's focus in recent years has been on "interior
packaging" he said. In addition to aesthetics, this
takes in the overall feel of the interior.
"All customers value peace and quiet, so we are
also continually working to reduce noise," Esling
said. Novel innovations go beyond noise-cancelling
technology to include fuselage design elements such
as the heated glass windshield and smoother front-
end pro le of the CJ4, cutting wind noise by some
e ' ying o ce' has become more feasible with the
advent of wireless internet connections. Equipment
from Aircell and Arinc provide broadband links to
aircra that can support data transmission and voice
calls in- ight. Chicandard said these products, widely
available only since the beginning of last year, have
added to the value of jets as business tools.
Aircell described its on-board broadband as
"the link we've all been waiting for". e Aircell
Broadband system was until recently the only player
in town providing broadband to laptops and mobile
handheld devices. But Arinc's SkyLink has now
arrived to challenge this, with contracts to provide
connectivity to Bombardier, Cessna and Gulfstream
ere is evidence that corporations are spending
more time on board their aircra , even using them
as stationary boardrooms. Carlson said the Hawker
750 now comes with a microwave oven and icebox,
which smaller jets never used to have, partly because
the utilisation of the jets is much higher. Typically,
lighter jets only o ered hot water, leaving executives
with a choice of eating instant noodles or venturing
out to a restaurant.
Of course, performance still matters. e Learjet is
o en seen as the sports car of the corporate aviation
market and the 45XR is no exception. Its climb rate
of over 3,000m/s (10,000 /min) is so high that
pilots o en have to provide air tra c controllers
with altitude as well as position readings, because the
aircra outruns the radar sweep, one test pilot said.
e aircra can reach its 41,000 (12,500m) cruising
altitude in less than 14 minutes, he added.
e power behind this performance comes from
two Honeywell TFE731-20 engines, uprated to
5,200lb thrust (23kN), which have full-authority
digital control (FADEC) systems.
e Learjet brand still bene ts from a legacy that
stretches back to an original Swiss ghter jet design,
Gulfstream's G250 has been in flight-testing since December.
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